So we need good news this morning, and I have some to share in New Jersey. Homophobic Congressman Scott Garrett is gone! Josh Gottheimer, our ally, will now be representing us in Washington. This is a BIG victory!
I want to thank you for answering our calls, responding to our emails, and rallying against hate.
While I am not sure how the next administration will lead, I do know that we can turn to our allies in Congress in hopes of continued progress. These next few years present the Republicans with an opportunity to stand with the LGBT community unlike any other time in history.
I look forward to having constructive conversations with all our Congresspeople on how New Jersey can lead the nation by example. As we know, LGBT rights are not a red or blue issue. I firmly believe that our Republican representatives, with the exclusion of Chris Smith, fully respect that belief.
As Hillary Clinton said, “we are stronger together”. As we progress forward, those words have never been truer.
Thank you for being a part of this work with me.
Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director, Garden State Equality
Millions of people here and around the world will be shocked, disappointed and frankly frightened by the election of Donald Trump. His remarks over the course of the campaign including his sexist, racist, and xenophobic comments, as well as his mocking of people with disabilities and his dehumanization of Muslims leave many of us deeply disturbed. Make no mistake about it, this will also give us a roadmap for fair-minded, moral, compassionate people to come together like never before and fight. It will take longer, it will be harder, but rest assured that united and working in partnership with people of good conscience, we will get there.
Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
To all my friends, and those who I am proud to work with each day.
Like many of you I am disappointed at the election outcome. First, thank you all who voted and took part in this election process. Next, remember that our system of government is a system of checks and balances that you as citizens continue to allow for it to live up to our constitution. In other words the door to Equality does not stop at any one election. Your involvement is just as important now as it was before. Hillary won the popular vote. Like her we need to accept the outcome of this election with grace, Thank Hillary and President Obama for their leadership but know that our walk towards equality continues, and needs you more than ever.
Mark Segal, Publisher, Philadelphia Gay News